High schools from all over Rarotonga gathered to do battle at the 6th Annual College Badminton Championships held yesterday.
The much-anticipated college badminton competition was held at the National Sports Arena from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All the participating students from the age of seven to ten who had been preparing diligently for the competition for the past four to five weeks were facing each other.
Coaches from Badminton Cook Islands were visiting each of the Rarotonga schools leading up to the competition to instruct students on how to play the game properly.
The college badminton competition is held annually with this year being the sixth year. Last year’s competition was canceled due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
The competition went smoothly as all participating students performed well in each category, progressed quickly and were able to showcase the skills they had developed over the past four weeks.
Cook Islands Badminton Chief Thomas Njoro said it was a great day that he hopes everyone will enjoy.
“There was a lot of great talent that was spotted that was great,” said Njoro.
The results were finalized when this edition was printed last night.
Prizes sponsored by The Edgewater Resort and Spa and Vodafone data vouchers were given out to top players as well as candy and chocolates to the winners. Awards were to be handed out for the seniors and juniors all-around tournament, as well as prizes for the girl and boy singles champions, the senior mixed doubles champions, and the senior and junior doubles champions.
An additional competition for primary schools will be held in Rarotonga in November.
There will also be a social badminton competition for social clubs around Rarotonga. We welcome interested players to team up together and participate. After that it will be an elite competition for club players. There will also be two teams who will travel to Waikato, New Zealand to compete in a competitive badminton tournament. The Under-13 team will leave in August with the Under-15 and Under-19 team leaving in September.
“It is very busy times for us here. The badminton competition (yesterday) was a big part of our development for our children as some of them continue to prepare and their skills for competitions in New Zealand,” said Njoro.